Raniero M. Speelman teaches Italian literature at BA level and Renaissance & Baroque culture, Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication, all on MA level. His research is focused on Jewish Italian literature of the post-war period, on which he published two books and numerous articles, as well as translations of Primo Levi’s essays, poems and short stories. The Italian Jews’ reaction to the Holocaust, the contribution of immigrant Jewish authors to literary culture and the descriptions of the State of Israel are all central aspects in this research. Together with Monica Jansen, he was initiator of the International Conferences on Jewish Italian Literature (ICOJIL), held in Amsterdam (2006), Warsaw (2007), Rome (2007), Istanbul (2010) and Trento (2011). He is among the editors of the Icojil conference proceedings.
Another point of Speelman’s interests are the diplomatic relations between Italian States (mostly Venice) and the Ottoman Empire (including modern Turkey) and travel literature, especially Pietro Della Valle, of some of whose works he prepared the critical edition.